Indian Territory puts his four race-winning streak on the line in Friday night’s (September 30) $15,000 feature race at Maywood Park for the Chicago circuit’s highest priced claiming horses.
The Jarrod Duncan trainee will open up as the 2-1 morning line favorite for pacers with price tags ranging from $50,000 to $58,000.
The meet’s leading driver Tim Tetrick has guided Indian Territory in each of his last four consecutive triumphs, including a rare big track win last Saturday (Sept. 24) night at Balmoral Park. The eight-year-old son ofhas nine season victories and six have come at Maywood Park. His other two were taken on Yonker’s (NY) half-miler early in the year.
The luck of the draw certainly went Indian Territory’s way when he landed the favorable one-post with it’s 22 per cent winning percentage. Regardless of the favorable draw Indian Territory won’t have an easy extending his winning streak for Illinois owners In The Lane Racing Inc, Heather Dillander and trainer Jerod Duncan. His two main challengers—Regent Hall and Wesley Snip—also are in peak form.
The 5-2 early second choice is Regent Hall, despite the outside seven-slot. Since he joined the Roger Welch Stable in August the eight-year-old son ofhas a trio of wins in five outings, winning his last two starts at Balmoral in 1:52.1 (:26.3 last quarter) and 1:51.1 for James Snyder (Wooster, O) and Sally Bolon (Washington, PA).
Drawing an outside post for the Friday feature was no “accident.” Regent Hall was entered with a $58,000 price tag, so his connections were assured one of the outside posts. As it turned out all of his foes were entered for $50,000.
Regent Hall’s $555,094 career purse earnings are over $200,000 more than any of pacer in the tenth race. His move to Maywood’ Park is a bit of a surprise because this veteran pacer hasn’t raced on a half-miler since 2000 at Delaware, Ohio, when he was a three-year-old.
The 3-1 morning line third choice Wesley Snip has notched 13 wins this season, including 3 of his last 6 for Engle Stable (Buffalo Grove, IL) and Rucker Stable (Beecher, IL). The Ken Rucker trained pacer will leave from the three-post with driver Mike Oosting.
While Wesley Snips’ last 12 outings (and 8 victories) have been on mile tracks, the four-year-old son of Polo Player did pick-up two wins and two seconds in six Maywood Park starts earlier in the season.
Fox Valley Whiz (8-1, Brent Holland, p.p. 2), The Power Ofwealth (6-1, Dave Magee, p.p. 4), Spicy Sport (25-1, Ross Leonard, p.p. 5) and Seelster Belle (8-1, Tony Morgan, p.p. 6) complete the Friday evening feature field.
From: Mike Paradise, director of publicity